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Networking Web Sites Can Be Snares: Employers Should Weigh Pros and Cons Before Investigating Employees Online


It is becoming increasingly common for employers to use social networking sites such as Myspace and Facebook to obtain information about current employees and job applicants in making personnel decisions. Many employers believe it is essential to do so in light of potential liability for negligent hiring and retention. Indeed, recent studies suggest that at least one in five employers use social networking sites to screen job applications and make personnel decisions about current employees. However, employers who use social networking sites in such a manner need to be aware of the potential legal risks and pitfalls.

This article appeared in the March 6, 2009 issue of the Daily Journal of Commerce - Portland, OR.


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